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Bhavik Patel in the lab

Brighton duo to develop new treatment for a major health problem of old age

Professor Bhavik Patel has received a £530,503 grant for research to boost detection and treatment of the widespread problem of age-related bowel dysfunction. This significant grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) will see Professor Patel team up with colleague Dr Mark Yeoman – Director of the university’s unique Centre for Stress and Age-related Disease – for a…

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students in lab

Science taster online event – Wednesday 2 December 15:00 – 16:30

Come and join us at this online event, where you’ll have the opportunity to chat to current students and academics about our undergraduate degree courses in all areas of the sciences. Book your place now We’ll have live taster lectures for you to get an idea of what studying these subjects is really like at…

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sea view at sunset

Studying from home as a biomed student

Being a biomedical science student is both challenging and exciting as you learn many different topics over the course of a year. In this blog I will illustrate a typical day in the life of a biomedical science student. I usually begin by getting up and having an hour to do random tasks such as…

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Dr Sarah Pitt

One dose of a Covid-19 vaccine may not solve the problem

University of Brighton virologist Dr Sarah Pitt believes more than one dose of a potential Covid-19 vaccine, or boosters, are likely to be needed to help wipe out coronavirus. Nine potential vaccines are currently at the final phase 3 trial stage, which involve thousands of people around the globe. While these are at an advanced…

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mussels in water

Brighton joins team to remove harmful hormone-changing pollutants from the environment

The University of Brighton will be part of a project which aims to rid the environment of hormone changing pollutants which can lead to extreme health conditions in humans. EU Interreg Channel’s Project RedPol is part of a €1.96m operation which involves researchers from six partners made up of four universities (Brighton, Portsmouth, Caen and…

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Dr Bhavik Patel

Think of Clearing as a ‘gateway of opportunity’

Ahead of A Level results day, the University of Brighton’s Professor Bhavik Patel – a former clearing student himself – says the process offers a chance to self-evaluate and choose a different direction. Students in England will find out their A Level results this Thursday (13 August), and although clearing is often looked at as…

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Dr Melanie Flint

Brighton scientists helping Cancer Research UK campaign

With fundraising events cancelled due to COVID-19, University of Brighton scientist Dr Melanie Flint is calling on people to back a new Cancer Research UK appeal for donations to get life-saving research back on track. Cancer researchers at the University were forced to leave their labs when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Four months on, this…

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Dr Coican with Countryfile's Anita Rani

BBC’s Countryfile to feature Brighton research 

University of Brighton research which found high quantities of glass microfibres in oysters is to be a main feature in an episode of BBC One’s Countryfile, scheduled for this weekend. The groundbreaking research, which generated widespread publicity, could have significant impact on the oyster industry locally in Chichester Harbour where the study was carried out, as well as…

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Louise Mackenzie

New screening concept could help early detection of coronavirus

The University of Brighton is leading research on a new way of screening for Covid-19 and other viruses using machine learning and Artificial Intelligence. Using a pinprick test, the development could predict infection before a standard test can diagnose the presence of the virus, as well as any new version of pathogenic coronaviruses in the…

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Prof Sosabowski and Dr MacAdam in the lab

The South East believes universities should focus on training of nurses, doctors, and other professionals as part of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic

A major new study has found that the public – both nationally and in the south east – think universities will help the UK bounce back after the pandemic. 86% of those that responded in the South East say it is important that universities should prioritise nursing, medicine, and engineering over all other subjects –…

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